7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
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- How does Christ unite all things on heaven and earth? What about the nature and accomplishments of Christ can unite heaven and earth?
- The nature of Jesus is that he is fully God and fully man and bridged the separation of the divine and fallen by coming to earth and making atonement for the fallen nature of mankind.
- How would you define forgiveness?
- Forgiveness is understanding the full weight of the offense and not holding it against someone, but forgiveness is not forgetting.
- How would you explain God’s forgiveness?
- God forgives like defined in the answer above. Then we are told that the Father cast our sins into the sea of forgetfulness (Micah 7:8).
- Without the Holy Spirit, what guarantee do we have of our salvation and the forgiveness of God? Vs. 14
- There would be no guarantee for salvation. Having the Spirit of God dwelling in us shows that we belong to God. That is our guarantee.
- When we choose not to forgive, what are we saying?
- We are saying that we are greater than God, and the offense that we received is greater than our offense to God.
- How would you summarize the earthly and eternal goals of the work of Christ in the church and for every believer?
- God desires that all would come to know Christ and find salvation. God’s desire is that the church would do the work of taking that good news to the world. Also, we would live in unity and harmony with one another.
- According to verses 7-12, there are 4 things we obtain by virtue of being “in” Christ. What are the four things?
- God has redeemed us through His Son’s blood. God has revealed His will to us. God has forgiven us of our sins. God has given us an inheritance
- What blessings have we received that pertains to the Holy Spirit? (13-14)
- We have been sealed by the Spirit as a guarantee of salvation.
- We have been “sealed” by the Holy Spirit and we have received the Spirit as a “guarantee” of our inheritance. Verse 6 has the phrase, “to the praise of His glory of His grace.” What does that phrase mean? How is this phrase reflected in verses 12 and 14?
- What are your ministry goals for your group this spring?
- Listen to everyone’s passions and look for a way that you can serve the community based on your group.
- What about Lifegroup ministry do you think can be beneficial for someone who is not a part of a church?
- Is there anyone that God is putting on your heart that you would like to see participate in your Lifegroup?
- Take time to pray about how God can use your group to reach out to people to draw them into your group.